“Your Story Helped Me,” And Why We Worship On Wednesdays in Lent

“Don’t talk nonsense, dear. We’d forgive most things if we knew the facts.”-Scobie, _The Heart of the Matter_by Graham Greene In Advent and in Lent Christians take on an extra worship service every week.  Why do we bother?  In an already busy time, why would we add one more thing? The Christmas rush of December…

Where Do My Gifts Go?

The Stewardship Team and the Council get a lot of questions throughout the year.  One of the most frequent is: where do my offerings go when I put them in the plate? Churches are funny things.  They are like the unicorns of the world of economics: half one thing and half another. On the one…

Why Worship On Wednesday? Reason #12: I’m a Grandparent

About twice a month Good Shepherd has something we call Worship on Wednesday (WOW), and we’re pretty excited about that way it’s bringing families of all shapes and sizes together. The flow is simple: have a small meal, gather for a story, caring conversations, prayer, rituals, communion, and we serve one another by cleaning up….

Summer Sermon Series: Vol 1

This summer at GSLC Pr. Marsha and Pr. Tim will be utilizing a few resources to craft three sermon series.  With Ordinary Time, and the corresponding color green, being focused on spiritual growth (hence the green-for-growing-things motif), it is an opportunity to experiment, to dream, and to present just a slightly different feeling, as summer…

Parables: Mike Sardi, Resource Director

<Good Shepherd’s staff is continually making connections between their work and our church mission.  These stories, or “parables” are where our life and work connect with God’s mission here. If you have a parable to share, please email the church office. We’d love to hear your reflection!> Resource Director Mike Sardi attempts to live out…

Parable: Cassi Skaar and the Lutheran Youth Organization Gathering

Hey Church! On the way to LYO (acronym for Lutheran Youth Organization) , I was a mix of emotions. I did not know what to expect since this was my first time going. I knew that it would be similar to other Lutheran camps and get-togethers, but still very different. I was mostly excited because…

Staff Parable: Sarah Marchi

The staff at Good Shepherd takes seriously our mission and values.  We’re always trying to work and live and move in ways that are Christ-centered, so that we can be a place that is life changing.  From our front office to the back of the sacristy, our goal to connect the people of North Raleigh…

Giving Up for Lent

“What are you giving up for Lent?” It’s about that time of year when people start asking me this question.  The habit of giving something up for Lent is a fine one, when done with intention.  Giving up cookies or sweets, soda or beer, these undertakings should only be done if they are truly a…

“Whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven…”

So, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that when Jesus says, “Whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in heaven…”(Matthew 16:19) he wasn’t talking about our loose offering here at GSLC. Loose offering, as defined by PT and the Stewardship Team, is “any offering not connected to a name.”  So,…

When Crossing Generations Crosses Wires

Originally posted on Andrew Buck:
What is cross-generational ministry? I’m realizing this is an important question for me to not only ask as well as answer, but to keep asking and keep answering with consistency. If I’m not constantly sharing stories and facilitating the conversation about cross-generational ministry at Good Shepherd, some people may be…

Going Green(er) at Church this Summer

GSLC is going green(er)! As we did last summer, we’ll be taking some initiatives in June, July, and August that will green some of our practices, both literally and figuratively, as we enter the “green season” of the church year. Some consider the summer, or as the ancient church called it “ordinary time” to be…well…ordinary. …

Time and Talent in Reverse

Greetings from the stewardship team! As we make our way through spring and towards summer, we’re sending out a quick update to let you know what’s coming up. In June you will receive a quarterly stewardship report. This report will include your year-to-date giving summary and update you on the many ways your gifts are…